Olivier Douliery | MCT

Olivier Douliery | MCT

As minimum wage issues continue across the country, we note more states are now looking at expanding non-wage benefits for employees and putting additional restraints on business employment practices.  Back on the east coast, the Massachusetts Senate this week approved a bill barring employers from requiring workers or job applicants from disclosing their social media user names or passwords as a condition of employment.  It would also make it illegal for an employer to force workers to add them to any listing of social media contacts.  A little further north, the state of Maine is considering legislation that would require paid family leave for employees and the idea was recently endorsed in a strong editorial by the Bangor Daily News.  As we’ve cautioned before, these initiatives, much like municipal minimum wage laws referenced above, pass in one state and then quickly spread throughout the country.